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In an effort to decrease the frequency of posts from laypeople that often border on seeking medical advice, this is a weekly automatic post for general questions about anesthesiology from laypeople. This will also hopefully attract anesthesiologists interested in educating laypeople to come post thoughtful responses.

Sidebar rules still apply, do not seek medical advice here. Reddit is not a substitute for an in-person anesthesiologist who can look over your records and provide you with answers pertinent to you as well as safe and personalized anesthesia care. Many large hospitals offer anesthesiologist consultation services or a preoperative clinic that can be set up by your surgeon or proceduralist. If you are seeking for medical advice on reddit, consider posting on /r/AskDocs. Reported posts/comments will be reviewed and/or removed.

Example of an acceptable general question: My niece recently had ear tubes, anesthesiologist said she was put under through a mask. I'm curious what type of volatile inhalation agents are routine for this procedure?

Example of an unacceptable medical advice seeking question: I have scoliosis. My first epidural did not work even after it was replaced. I'm scheduled for a caesarean section and they keep saying it will be fine. I don't think they understand my issues. Please tell me what to do.

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I’m a junior anaesthetic registrar and have over the years noticed certain colleagues/seniors being referred to as “good” by ODPs, nurses and other Drs.

Now, sometimes I agree, but often I can think of others who are much more skilled at their job but don’t get the title of “good”. This led me to think about non-technical skills in anaesthesia and how they interplay with personality traits and appearances.

So which traits do you think good anaesthetists have?

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Nursing background here. You hear about terrible executions, but why doesn't propofol, analgesic, paralytic, KCl IVP work? Or something similar

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Reddit | Anesthesiology by /u/eklipse8 - 23h ago

Hi, sorry if this is the wrong place to post this. I was just wondering how to become an anesthesiologist? I haven't taken any college courses. I know I need to get a bachelor's degree but I'm not sure what the best degree to get. I'm hoping whatever it is is online because that's my only option right now. Also, how does the process go for getting into medical school? I know I'd have to take the MCAT test before but what's the process. Thanks everybody.

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This is the weekly post for academic discussion here at /r/anesthesiology. Time to reflect on the past week and honor our brave colleagues holding the code pagers and putting IVs in the obese and edematous this weekend by having a nice Saturday journal club (sorry no free food at this meeting).

You can comment things like: interesting cases you experienced (without violating HIPAA), recent or classic must-read journal articles, weird happenings you noticed that your institution refused to publish, or those burning questions you never wanted to ask your staff when you are/were a resident because you didn't want to look dumb.

Hope everyone had a good week! Remember if you have something good you can always make a separate post!

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Hello. This monday im starting my ortho rotation after doing neuro for 1,5 years. Does anyone have some tips or tricks from working with a more day-surgery heavy job after doing mostly big tumor and trauma anestesia?

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Anyone know of a less conspicuous way to double-lead when you’re in your first trimester and don’t want to answer a ton of prying questions? I’ve been wearing a normal apron + a skirt, but it’s really noticeable. I’m only 8 weeks, haven’t told my family or friends yet, and it sucks to basically announce this to colleagues before sharing with the most important people in my life. Avoiding fluoro is not an option. Help!

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Reddit | Anesthesiology by /u/getthatbleeder - 3d ago
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Just talking with a fellow colleague, who was a resident of obstetric anesthesia under my guidance a few years back. He had a patient who had a cardiac arrest during a caesarean delivery a week ago, probably due to a total spinal anesthesia, but it could also had been an amniotic fluid embolism. The patient is currently at ICU and hasn't awaken yet, still in mechanical ventilation.

I was happy to see him, haven't seen him in a couple of years, but he looked devastated. For what I can tell from his narrating is that the cardiac arrest was adequately managed. Probably it was an anesthetic cause, probably not. But he says he's having nightmares and can't sleep, and he's having a hard time thinking about something else.

Anyway. Is there any good resources about how to deal with this kind of experience? I think the moment we put our patient in the operating room, none of us is free of living something like this. All it takes sometimes is a bit of bad luck and a couple of bad coincidences to have a serious adverse event.

Is there literature about this topic? How to deal with the eventual development of PTSD or depression after an event? Anyone wanna share a story?

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